After Sold-Out Run, An Octoroon Returns Off-Broadway Tonight

News   After Sold-Out Run, An Octoroon Returns Off-Broadway Tonight
An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' widely acclaimed piece begins performances Feb. 14 at Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn. The play was originally produced by Soho Rep in 2014, where it had two extensions and a sold-out engagement.

The cast includes Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812), Maechi Aharanwa (Facing Our Truth - Night Vision), Pascale Armand (The Trip to Bountiful), Danielle Davenport (All's Well That Ends Well), Ian Lassiter (War Horse), Austin Smith (Julliard School), Haynes Thigpen (Dead Accounts) and Mary Wiseman (An Octoroon).

Directed by Sarah Benson, artistic director at Soho Rep, performances will continue through March 8 at TFNA's Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

Jacobs-Jenkins' award-winning play, about love, race and slavery in the American South, is based on Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama about a love affair between the white heir to a Louisiana plantation and a woman who is one-eighth black (an octoroon). According to press notes, "In An Octoroon, Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton's handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful 'octoroon.' But, the evil overseer M'Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe."

The creative team returns, including Mimi Lien (sets), Wade Laboissonniere (costumes), Matt Frey (lights), Matt Tierney (sound), Jeff Sugg (projections), Cookie Jordan (wigs and makeup), César Alvarez (songs, music, & music director), David Brimmer (fight director), David Neumann (choreography) and J. Noah Mease (props).

Tickets for An Octoroon are available online by visiting or by calling (866) 811-4111. The Polonsky Shakespeare Center is located at 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn.

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